Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an international centre for modern and contemporary sculpture that sets out to challenge, inspire, inform and delight.

Changing exhibitions and projects are sited in 500 acres of historic gardens and parkland, five indoor galleries and an award-winning visitor centre.

This stunning setting brings together art and nature for everyone to discover and enjoy.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Summer: 10am-6pm Centre, Shop, Restaurant + Galleries 10-5pm.

Winter: 10am-5pm Centre, Shop, Restaurant + Galleries 10-4pm.

Closed: 24+25 December

Admission charges

Admission free / Parking charges apply
YSP is a charity. Your parking fee supports everything we do.

Additional info

Mobility Scooters are available on free loan. Call 01924 832631 to reserve a scooter.

YSP has eight distinct outdoor 'gallery' spaces located in the 500 acre Bretton Estate. Designed in the 18th and 19th centuries, this varied landscape is a rich environment for some of the best modern and contemporary sculpture created by international artists. YSP presents changing special exhibitions and individual works by eminent artists all year round, so there are always at least 40 sculptures on display in the landscape.

Temporary indoor exhibitions take place in the Underground Gallery, Bothy Gallery, Garden Gallery and Longside Gallery.

Collection details

Fine Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • Henry Moore
  • Barbara Hepworth
  • Anthony Caro
  • Elisabeth Frink
  • Sol LeWitt
  • Antony Gormley
  • Sophie Ryder
  • Winter and Horbelt
  • Andy Goldsworthy
  • James Turrell
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Not Vital, Moon, 2015. Stainless steel, 320cm. Courtesy the artist and YSP. Photo © Jonty Wilde

Not Vital

  • 21 May 2016 — 2 January 2017 *on now

Internationally renowned as a leading sculptor, this is Not Vital’s first major exhibition in the UK. With studios in the tiny Swiss village of Sent and Beijing, China, as well as homes in Rio de Janeiro and Niger, the exhibition reflects Vital's nomadic and diverse practice, including paintings and works on paper, indoor pieces made from plaster, silver, gold, marble, glass and coal, and outdoor sculptures in stainless steel and bronze.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/exhibitions/not-vital

KAWS, ALONG THE WAY, 2013. Courtesy the artist and YSP.  Photo © Jonty Wilde

KAWS

  • 12 June — 1 December 2016 *on now

The historically designed landscape of YSP remains home to a series of monumental and imposing sculptures by KAWS following the artist's first UK museum exhibition of work, which closed at Longside Gallery on 12 June 2016.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/exhibitions/kaws

An exhibition from the Arts Council Collection selected by Ryan Gander

  • 16 June — 16 October 2016 *on now

This major new exhibition from the Arts Council Collection has been selected by the leading British artist, Ryan Gander. Born in Chester in 1976 and based in London and Suffolk, Gander has achieved international recognition for a prolific and diverse body of work embracing a vast range of media, from sculpture and installation, to books and games, the creation of a unique range of sportswear and even an attempt to introduce a new word.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/exhibitions/an-exhibition-from-the-arts-council-collection-selected-by-ryan-gander

Angie Lewin, Sea Pinks. Wood Engraving. Courtesy the artist, St Jude's and YSP

Editions and Objects: Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents St. Judes

  • 25 June — 30 October 2016 *on now

Displayed throughout YSP Centre, Editions and Objects features some of the most well respected artists, designers and makers working in the UK today – many of whom are showing at the Park for the first time as well as a few familiar faces. Selected by Amanda Peach, Retail Programme & Development Manager at YSP, and Simon Lewin, co-founder of St Jude’s, the exhibiting artists are Jonathan Ashworth, Christopher Brown, Chloë Cheese, Melvyn Evans, Jonathan Gibbs, Peter Green OBE, Katy Hackney, Mark Hearld, Angie Lewin, Karen Mabon, Charles Shearer, Terry Shone and Emily Sutton.

All the works in the exhibition are available to buy, together with a series of three limited edition prints, individually designed by Mark Hearld, Angie Lewin and Emily Sutton. Printed by Penfold Press, the series is available exclusively from YSP.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/exhibitions/editions-and-objects-yorkshire-sculpture-park-presents-st-judes

Angela Harding: Flights of Memory

  • 12 November 2016 — 26 February 2017

Angela Harding is an established painter and printmaker who works from her rural studio in Wing, Rutland. Recurring inspirations are the changing seasons and the flora and fauna of the British countryside, from which her work expresses the mood and atmosphere of the landscape. Harding principally works in block print, combining vinyl or lino with layered coloured silkscreen, which gives a strong graphic emphasis to the work.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/exhibitions/angela-harding-flights-of-memory

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Sheep with sculptures at YSP

Art & Landscape Tour

  • 19 March — 30 October 2016 *on now

Join YSP volunteers for a guided walk and talk exploring the art and sculpture in the landscape at YSP.

Meet at YSP Centre Information Desk
Outdoor clothes and sturdy footwear essential
If mobility is an issue please advise the guide and the route will be tailored to suit your needs

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/art-and-landscape-tour

Ryan Gander, Slept Alone, 2016. A 70th Anniversary Commission for the Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London. © the artist

Night in the Museum: Two O'Clock Tuesdays

  • 4 October 2016 From 2pm

Join a member of the Arts Council Collection’s curatorial team for a free and informal introduction to Night in the Museum: Ryan Gander curates the Arts Council Collection

No booking required, drop in on the day. Tour will take place at 2pm on 2 August, 6 September and 4 October 2016

YSP Social club

Art and Social for over 55s

  • 29 September 2016 2-4pm *on now

Join us for tea or coffee and cake, followed by a look around the exhibitions, a gentle walk, or perhaps a drawing or making activity – you tell us what you like and we’ll try to make it happen. Whether you come alone or with a friend, we guarantee a warm welcome!

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Tickets £5.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/art-and-social-for-over-55s

NAEA

Hidden Treasures (Part of Wakefield Lit Fest)

  • 1 October 2016 11am-3pm

Drop in on 1 October to meet the National Arts Education Archive staff at YSP, on hand to reveal some hidden treasures from more than 100 catalogued collections. This is a rare chance to explore some of the archive's more rare book collection and children's writings.

The National Arts Education Archive (NAEA) at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) was established in 1985 to provide a documentary trace of the development of arts education in the UK and worldwide. It was formed by collecting children’s and students' work and the papers, letters and work of key educators and artists in the visual arts, music and language.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/hidden-treasures-(part-of-wakefield-lit-fest)

Young Children using light to make images

Capture, Snap, Play: Photography for Tiny Children

  • 6 October 2016 From 10:30am, From 1pm

Bring your budding little photographers to YSP. Play with taking photos as you capture art, sky, trees and the world around you. Together, experiment with extra equipment to make your photos even more magical.

Suitable for

  • 5-6

Admission

Adults £3.00
Children £3.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/capture-snap-play-photography-for-tiny-children

Children's Workshop

Night in the Museum: I Spy with My Little Eye

  • 8 October 2016 From 11am, From 2pm

The world is full of wonderful things and it's our job to look closely to find out what magic is hiding within. We will discover, imagine and create something to take away that will allow you to continue your creative mission at home.

This event accompanies the Arts Council Collection touring exhibition, Night in the Museum: Ryan Gander Curates the Arts Council Collection

Suitable for age 5+
All children must be supervised by an adult. Please book a place for all participating adults (age 16+)
Please meet at Longside Gallery. Free parking is available for participants at Longside Gallery
Tickets for this event are non-refundable

Natalie Bellingham has trained with internationally acclaimed comedy professionals including John Wright, Peta Lily, Phillip Gaulier and The Actor’s Space. She has enjoyed performing professionally in the UK and abroad, often with her company Uncanny Theatre. Natalie has designed and delivered a number of creative projects and activities for Yorkshire Sculpture Park, each session underpinned by her fascination with people, stories and interesting juxtapositions.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Adults £3.00
Children £3.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/night-in-the-museum-i-spy-with-my-little-eye

Botanical drawings

Botanicals: Hips and Haws

  • 8 — 9 October 2016 10am-4pm

A two-day workshop with two expert teachers – Sue Salmon, Medical Herbalist and Justine Dixon, botanical artist – who will both be on hand all weekend to help and guide. Sue will help you identify and collect medicinal plants from around the Park, then you will take them back to the studio to create botanical drawings of your specimens. There will be lots of opportunity to make and taste herbal teas and tinctures, but do save room for a delicious fortifying lunch and afternoon biscuits.

Free parking available
Suitable for wheelchair access – please make us aware when booking
Tea and coffee on arrival and light lunch included
Please contact info@ysp.co.uk / +44 (0)1924 832631 during office hours if you need to cancel your ticket. Cancellations made 14 days or more before the event are subject to an administration fee. Cancellations made within 14 days of the event will not be refunded. YSP is a registered charity, your event booking fee supports everything we do

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Tickets £45.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/botanicals-hips-and-haws

Evening of Music

Opera North presents Night Flight: An Evening of Music and Words

  • 22 October 2016 From 7pm, From 9pm

Musicians and singers from Opera North perform music and words inspired by the first major UK exhibition by Swiss sculptor, Not Vital, performed exclusively around the artist's work in the Underground Gallery.

Curated and directed by Matthew Sharp, and produced by Opera North, the evening travels into a landscape of music and words without frontiers and celebrates the current exhibition at YSP. Contemporary, classical and world music combine to create a mesmerising and immersive musical event.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £15.00
Children £15.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/opera-north-presents-night-flight-an-evening-of-music-and-words

NotOna (Patagonia, Chile), 2009 Courtesy the artist

Family Sculpture Workshop: An Island Paradise

  • 26 October 2016 From 10am, From 1:30pm

This event is inspired by Not Vital’s white marble sculpture, NotOna, which is based on Vital's real NotOna island in Chile, which he has made into a full sized sculpture. There, he has created a 50-metre-long tunnel which opens out to spectacular views.

We will be using plaster forms and re-shaping them with files and other tools. By adding miniature model people we will be giving them a sense of size and scale. We will begin the workshop with a visit to the Underground Gallery to see sculptures by Not Vital.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

Adults £3.00
Children £3.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/family-sculpture-workshop-an-island-paradise

Bretton Hall

Bretton’s Mysteries & Myths – A Torch-lit Tour

  • 29 October 2016 From 4pm

Join the YSP Heriatge Team for a guided torch-lit walk and talk exploring the myths and hidden secrets surrounding the historic lakes and woodland. Join us as it starts to go dark and hear the retelling of the Bretton Estate’s spooky tales. Stop off at the Temple for warm autumnal drinks and treats.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £8.50
Children £6.50

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/bretton%E2%80%99s-mysteries-and-myths-a-torch-lit-tour

Bigger Kids Photography

Frame, Focus, Shoot: Photography for Bigger Kids

  • 29 October 2016 From 11am, From 2pm

Bring your budding photographers to YSP. Work with local photographer David Lindsay, who will help you to explore composition, framing, editing and experimenting while exploring Not Vital’s beautiful exhibition. Curate a series of your own photographs that tell your own story of the exhibition.

Each participant will need a digital point-and-shoot camera, or smart phone with camera.


Suitable for ages 6+
Please bring your own digital camera/ smart phone – you don’t need a fancy camera!
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Please meet us at the Garden Studio, located behind the café at YSP Learning
We will be travelling short distances so please wear outdoor shoes, and dress for the weather
Tickets for this event are non-refundable

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£3.00 Adult
£3.00 Children

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/frame-focus-shoot-photography-for-bigger-kids

Observing Sculpture

Still Looking: Mindfulness and art

  • 20 November 2016 10am-12pm
  • 11 December 2016 10am-12pm
  • 8 January 2017 10am-12pm

A new way to take a bit of time out for yourself and enjoy experiencing art mindfully. Learn how to use mindfulness practices to move from being a passive observer to more active engagement with artworks in the galleries and the open air – and if that’s not enough of a treat it’s all rounded off with tasty refreshments and time to share your experiences (or keep them to yourself if you prefer!)

Quotes from participants:
‘An extraordinary experience that should be offered to all!’
‘Such a positive experience, becoming calmer and more mindful I was ready to look and see sculpture in a more meaningful way.’

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets £20.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/still-looking-mindfulness-and-art

Festive decorations

Family Workshop: Festive Tree Decoration Making

  • 27 November 2016 From 10:30am, From 1:30pm

Create yuletide decorations in time for the beginning of Advent, take inspiration from Not Vital’s beautiful reflective sculptures and the flora and fauna of the park.

As a family enjoy making your own seasonal decorations to hang on your tree and keep forever. All materials are provided.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults free
Children £5.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/family-workshop-festive-tree-decoration-making

Christmas decorations

Family Workshop: Festive Tree Decoration Making

  • 27 November 2016 From 10:30am, From 1:30pm

Create yuletide decorations in time for the beginning of Advent, take inspiration from Not Vital’s beautiful reflective sculptures and the flora and fauna of the park.

As a family enjoy making your own seasonal decorations to hang on your tree and keep forever. All materials are provided.

Tickets for this event are non-refundable

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults free
Children £5.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/family-workshop-festive-tree-decoration-making

Yoga day at YSP

Recharge: Yoga Retreat

  • 27 November 2016 From 10am
  • 1 January 2017 From 10am
  • 29 January 2017 From 10am
  • 26 February 2017 From 10am

Melt away all your aches, pains, relax your furrowed brow and revive your energy in this special monthly yoga day. The classes will focus on different yoga styles, followed by a delicious lunch and a nourishing afternoon activity – perhaps walking, looking at exhibitions, making art or meditation.

Admission

Tickets £65.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/-recharge-yoga-retreat

Christmas Presents

All Wrapped Up: An Exclusive Christmas Shopping Event

  • 3 December 2016 From 6pm

Join us for an exclusive Christmas shopping experience to meet the designers and makers behind the fantastic products in YSP Shop. There’ll be seasonal music, complimentary canapés and mulled wine to get you into the festive spirit, along with one-night-only offers to help you save on your Christmas shopping. Every guest will be entered into a prize draw for your chance to win beautiful handmade craft and design specially designed and produced for the event.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Tickets £10.00
Concessions £8.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/all-wrapped-up-an-exclusive-christmas-shopping-event

YSP in Winter

Twilight Heritage Walk: Winter Pleasure Grounds

  • 10 December 2016 From 2pm

Join our experienced Heritage Team with a winter walk and talk around the Park’s historic lakes and woodland to discover its interesting follies and features by candlelight. Finish the tour with a warm winter drink and treat.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £8.50
Children £6.50

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/twilight-heritage-walk-winter-pleasure-grounds

Brass band at YSP

Brass Christmas

  • 17 December 2016 From 7pm

Enjoy an evening viewing of the major Underground Gallery exhibition Not Vital, accompanied by Emley Moor Brass Quartet, followed by a three-course meal in the YSP Restaurant and a Christmas carol sing-a-long with the Emley Moor Brass Band. YSP Shop will also be open for last minute shopping. After the meal the band will play Christmas music with the opportunity for guests to request and sing along to the music.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £38.00
Children £30.00
Concessions £34.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/brass-christmas

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Heritage Tours

Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s new team of Heritage Volunteers will be leading free, guided heritage tours around the YSP landscape at weekends from February. Tours will take visitors from the YSP Visitor Centre, into the fascinating, historical landscape, and will explore the stories that have defined the area over the last one thousand years.

Creator

  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park

How to obtain

Tours are free and start at 2:00pm on the Visitor Centre concourse

Artist-led group activities

Over many years YSP has organised and developed a range of artist-led activities aimed at providing an enhanced focus and stimulus for visiting pupils and students. Activities are available for groups of all ages and abilities and include; workshop/study days, guided tours, slide talks and lectures, and Inset/professional training days. All activities can provide a general introduction to sculpture or can be tailored to meet individual group interests.

How to obtain

All visits must be booked with YSP Education. For visits for artist-led activities please book well in advance to avoid disappointment. For further information on activities, costs, and availability please contact Education on 01924 830642.

Education Resource Packs

In addition to free information, YSP Education offers Resource packs to assist teachers and groups leaders in planning visits to YSP or for work in school. The Education Resource Pack (£10+VAT) includes supporting material exploring the outdoor collection, Access Sculpture Trail and other areas. The Curriculum Resource Pack (£5+VAT) provides support for QCA guidelines which can be used for long-distance learning and work in schools as well as for visits to YSP.

How to obtain

For free information or to order Education resource pack please contact Education on 01924 830642

Yorkshire Sculpture Park
West Bretton
Wakefield
West Yorkshire
WF4 4LG
England

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Website

www.ysp.co.uk

E-mail

General

info@ysp.co.uk

Learning

learning@ysp.co.uk

Press/Marketing

comms@ysp.co.uk

Telephone

Visitor Centre

01924 832631

Learning & Community

01924 832528

Fax

Administration

01924 832600

Learning

01924 832601

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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